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Orioles yet to make a big splash at winter meetings

Orioles yet to make a big splash at winter meetings

This much is clear: the Mark Reynolds trade hasn't exactly dazzled Orioles Village.

And you can certainly understand why. The slugging third baseman is definitely not without his flaws. There's the .198 batting average last year. The 200-plus strikeouts in each of the last three seasons. The rep as an average fielder at best.

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But I'll take this deal -- at least for its potential -- because the Orioles are so desperate for some pop in the middle of their batting order.

The bottom line for me: the guy his 104 home runs and drove in 284 runs the past three seasons. That's an average of 35 homers and 95 RBI over that span. If he hits those numbers or better over the next three years, it's a good deal for the O's -- the batting average and strikeouts be damned.

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So I'm OK with the trade -- and giving up relievers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio -- even if a lot of fans seem ambivalent over it.

Where I really think the Orioles dropped the ball was in letting Ty Wigginton get away to the Colorado Rockies.

The guy is only 33, can play anywhere for you, still has pop in his bat (22 homers and a club-leading 76 RBI last season) and is a tremendous presence in the clubhouse.

Even if the Reynolds signing meant Wiggy wouldn't be playing third -- and even if the club intends to sign a slugging first baseman as rumored (I know, I know . . . you'll believe it when you see it) -- Wiggington would have been a valuable asset for Buck Showalter's team next season.

Good luck in Colorado, Wiggy. I think your old team in Baltimore is really going to miss you.

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